Katie - posted on 05/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




Okay, technically I'm not a mom, I'm just an older sister.
But I seriously need some advice.

A few weeks ago, my little brother, Alan, was sharing my bed. He's eight years old.
I woke up at about 2 a.m. and he was crying. Nothing I did could calm him. His eyes were open, but it was like he couldn't hear a word I was saying! Needless to say, I was seriously freaked out! I tried taking him to our mom's room to see if she could calm him down, because I just thought he was having a nightmare. Normally, when he's asleep, he'll kind of snuggle into me and put his head on my shoulder, but that night, his body was all limp and his legs were hanging. I tried putting him down because usually, when his body gets like that, it means he wants to walk on his own, but he just sat down on the floor and kept crying, I didn't know what to do. On the way to school the next morning, my mom told me that Alan had been having a 'night terror', whatever that is. What I need to know is, the next time this happens, how the hell do I calm him down without accidentally making it worse? Oh, and for the record, she also told me it took 20 minutes for him to calm down.
And that was after we got him settled in her bed!


Firebird - posted on 05/05/2013




Sounds like a night terror to me. There isn't anything you can do to calm him down, just make sure you do not wake him up. He can lash out violently, so it might be better if you just make sure there's nothing he can hurt himself with and keep out of arms reach. Talk to a doctor to make sure it is night terrors you're dealing with. Kids usually outgrow them by 11 or 12 years of age. There are steps that can be taken to prevent them, so again, talk to a doctor.


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~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/05/2013




Night terrors are usually very scary for the observer and the person having them. They seem awake but are having a very vivid nightmare. Often times they can get physically violent, or harm themselves without knowing it. They look awake, and can even hold conversations. If this was my child, I would probably double check and make sure that it is indeed night terrors with the pediatrician.

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